Wednesday 21 February, Chats Palace, Hackney, 7:30pm
Thursday 22 February, The Broadway, Barking, Workshops, 6pm & Final Showcase, 7pm

Changing Dialogue is an annual event that celebrates the diversity and creative talent of East London as part of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Barbican’s joint Creative Learning division, which gives people of all ages and backgrounds access to world-class arts. This year, the festival of workshops, interventions and live music involves 50 Guildhall School students and 200 community members.

This year’s activities are in response to the Barbican’s 2018 season ‘The Art of Change,’ which explores how the arts respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. The festival is conceived, delivered and produced by students and staff from the Guildhall School’s MMus in Leadership, BA in Performance and Creative Enterprise, and MA in Collaborative Theatre programmes, with involvement from students across the School.

The four-day project culminates on Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 February with live performances, workshops and a finale showcase at Chats Palace, Hackney & The Broadway, Barking. It brings together people of different generations, from all walks of life, families, friends and local organisations to celebrate the exceptional work of the highest artistic quality, which speaks the language of the people who made it.

On Wednesday 21 February, there is live music from (Im)Possibilities, a 25-piece band of Guildhall students and musicians from the London jazz scene inhabiting the land of experimentation, psychedelic grooves and exotic melodies; Satellite Collective, a satellite band from (Im)Possibilities formed of young artists from two schools in Barking and Dagenham; and pushing the boundaries of music-making with other young musicians, poets, rappers and beat makers, there is a guest performance by Where Pathways Meet.

On Thursday 22 February, workshops and a final showcase of the work devised from Changing Dialogue features brand new music, movement and spoken word created by participating groups, featuring The Messengers, a band comprised of musicians at the Guildhall School and people who seek support from St Mungo’s Homeless Charity; Future Band, a creative collective of children aged 7-14 who write all their own music; alongside other Barking & Dagenham community groups, Inclusive Communities, Barking & Dagenham College and Greenshoes Community Arts.

Last year 13,000 people participated in Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning activities and events and this year’s partakers at the Festival include: Future Band; Satellite Collective; (Im)Possibilities; Barking & Dagenham Arts College; Green Shoes Arts; The Messengers; Mayersbrook Park; Inclusive Communities; Huggett Centre; Barbican Young Poets; Where Pathways Meet.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance via


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